Iowa, Tennessee, Daytona, Kane County, and Mesa had the day off.
Short-Season—Boise 3, Hillsboro 0
Boise (16-16) scored three times in the ninth and three Hawks pitchers blanked HIllsboro (8-24) for their fourth straight win.
At the Plate: The Hawks faced the Diamondback first-round pick (#36 overall) Aaron Blair, the right-hander out of Marshall. Blair held the Hawks scoreless in four innings but gave up three hits and a walk. The Hawks finally broke through in the ninth as Carlos Penalver doubled home the first run. The shortstop has hit in seven of his last eight NWL games. Penalver scored the Hawks second run on a perfect suicide squeeze bunt single by Daniel Lockhart. The final run scored on a Trevor Gretzky's groundout. Lockhart, Lance Rymel and Jacob Rogers all had two hits.
On the Mound: James Pugliese (2-2 2.75) was looking to get back on track after allowing nine runs in his last two outings (9 IP). The right-hander retired 15 straight hitters tossing six shutout innings allowing two hits. Pugliese fanned five in his best performance of the season. RH Trey Masek (1-0 0.00) had his 93-94 mph fastball on display, along with a hard slider in his sixth professional game, his fourth at Boise. The fifth-round pick earned his first pro win throwing two hitless frames. He fanned three and walked two in the 8th but a double play ended the inning. Matt Iannazzo (1-1 3.21) closed the door on the Hops fanning the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
Hawks Notes: OF Yasiel Balaguert was under the weather and left the game in the fourth inning and was replaced by Trevor Gretzky.
Dominican Summer League—Game 1—Cubs 7, Pirates 6; Game 2—Cubs 3, Pirates 2
Cubs (26-11) swept a doubleheader from the Pirates (18-19) pounding out 11 hits in the opener and held the Pirates to one hit in the night-cap.
At the Plate: GAME 1—The Cubs had one of their best offensive days of the season with 11 hits as LF Jose Paniagua (.192/.300/.279) went 3-4 with two RBI. CF Robert Caro (283/.389/.453) keeps getting on base out of the leadoff spot going 2-3 with a walk, a run and a RBI. RF Shamil Ubiera (.258/.343/.371) had two hits and knocked in a run while DH Luis Acosta, (.147/.326/.265) a July 2 2011 free agent, went 1-2 with two walks and a run. GAME 2—The Cubs took the lead in the top of the seventh on a RBI single from Caro and a sacrifice fly from Dalfis Ortiz (.333/.389/.540). Adonis Paula (.231/..322/.331) had a RBI single in the first. Ortiz, Ubiera and Varonex Cuevas (.221/.317/.288) had two hits each.
On the Mound: GAME 1—Luis Hernandez (2-2 2.90), an 18-year-old 2012 International free agent signing for $80,000, pitched in his eighth game and the 6-foot-5 right-hander has experienced some control issues allowing 14 walks in 28 IP but batters are only hitting .222. On Tuesday, he worked three innings allowing three runs on five hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Carlos Llano (4-1 4.50) gave up three runs on five hits and three walks but got the win. He fanned four and allowed a homer. GAME 2—Frailin Figueroa (3-0 1.44 ERA) tossed five frames giving up one hit and one run with three walks and six punchouts. Enderson Mercedes (0-0 1.80) had control problems as three walks, an error and a sacrifice fly gave the Pirates a 2-1 lead. Jesus Baldayaque (1-2 1.98) won his first pro game retiring all four hitters he faced, one on strikes.
Cubs Notes: Cubs pitching staff leads the DSL with 15 saves and are tied for first with six shutouts. They rank 6th in ERA (2.69) and are 7th in WHIP at 1.21. Cubs are only hitting .227 but are tied for 1st with 18 triples and 3rd in stolen bases with 76.
Venezuelan Summer League—Cubs 2, Mariners 0
The Cubs (26-24) beat the first-place M's (36-15) for the second straight time as two Cubs hurlers blanked the M's, winning their sixth in a row./P>
At the Plate: All the offense came in the first inning when SS Bryant Flete (.294/.403/.390) led off with a single and scored on CF Arnaldo Calero's (.256/.300/.395) two-run homer (5). C Johnny Pereda (.211/.287/.272) and 2B Humberto Garcia (.244/.298/.314) had the other two hits.
On the Mound: 18-year-old Enrique De Los Rio (2-0 0.84 ERA/0.87 WHIP) pitched shutout ball in his third straight outing allowing three hits and three walks in four innings. RHP Francisco Carrillo (7-3 2.22 ERA) won his seventh game allowing three hits in five innings with four strikeouts. Before you start getting too exited about Carrillo you should be reminded he's 23 and excelled in the DSL last year with a 1.60 ERA, .219 BAA, and 49 K in 39.1 innings.
Cubs Notes: The Cubs have a one-game lead for second place over the Tigers and the Phillies are 1.5 games behind. The Mariners own a 9.5 game lead and the top two teams meet in a best of three playoff series after the season ends Aug. 5. The Cubs have 18 games left including a pair of doubleheaders with the Tigers.